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Former Kent State QB Edelman happy to be back with New England

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Wide receiver Julian Edelman says he’s glad to be returning to the New England Patriots after a breakout season.

Edelman, a former quarterback at Kent State, became a free agent last week, but a post on his Twitter account says, “Foxboro is home. Excited to be back.”

The Patriots don’t always make official announcements when they reach contract agreements with their own players. Donald Yee, Edelman’s agent, did not respond to requests for comment.

Edelman had a career-high 105 catches last season. In his four other seasons with the Patriots since being drafted in 2009 he had 69 receptions. He emerged as Tom Brady’s top target after Wes Welker became a free agent before last season and signed with the Denver Broncos.

Broncos sign former Pittsburgh receiver Emmanuel Sanders

DENVER — The Denver Broncos gave Peyton Manning another receiving option, agreeing to a three-year contract with former Pittsburgh wideout Emmanuel Sanders.

Sanders, a third-round draft pick in 2010, had 161 catches for 2,030 yards and 11 touchdowns in four seasons with the Steelers. He started 10 games for Pittsburgh last season.

The Broncos lost Eric Decker to free agency and are looking for someone to compete with Andre Caldwell, the backup receiver who they re-signed to a two-year deal. Wes Welker and Demaryius Thomas are Denver’s two top threats at receiver.  

Giants add Demps, Thurmond

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants bolstered their secondary by signing free agent safety Quintin Demps and cornerback Walter Thurmond.

Demps played for the Kansas City Chiefs last season and has previous stops in Philadelphia (two seasons) and Houston (three).

Last season, he was third in the NFL with a 30.1-yard kickoff return average on 33 runbacks, including a 95-yard touchdown at Washington on Dec. 8. He also led the Chiefs with four interceptions.

Demps entered the NFL as a fourth-round draft choice of the Eagles in 2008.

Thurmond spent his first four NFL seasons with Seattle, which selected him in the fourth round of the 2010 draft.

Thurmond played in 34 regular-season games with eight starts and made his only start in five postseason games in the Super Bowl.

GOLF

Senden rallies late to win Valspar Championship

PALM HARBOR, Fla. — John Senden made two big birdies on a wild and windy Sunday at Innisbrook for a 1-under 70 to win the Valspar Championship.

The one-shot victory was Senden’s first in more than seven years and sends the 42-year-old Australian to the Masters next month.

Senden was tied for the lead when he chipped in from 70 feet on the 16th hole, and then followed that with a 20-foot birdie putt on the 17th. Equally important was a difficult putt from 40 feet that he hit to tap-in range for par on the 18th.

Kevin Na missed his birdie putt from about the same spot and shot 72 to finish one shot behind. Scott Langley, tied for the lead late in his round, had a 70 to finish third.

Ben Curtis (Kent State) shot a 2-over 73 in Sunday’s final round to finish at 4-over-par 288 for the tournament.

Fred Couples wins Toshiba Classic

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Fred Couples won the Toshiba Classic on Sunday for his 10th Champions Tour title, birdieing the final two holes for a one-stroke victory.

The 54-year-old Couples closed with a 5-under 66 to finish at 15-under 198 at Newport Beach Country Club. Also the 2010 winner, he made a 4-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th and holed another 4-footer on the par-5 18th.

Colin Montgomerie, Bernhard Langer and Steve Pate tied for second. Langer had a chance to force a playoff, but missed a long birdie try on 18 and settled for a 70.

Montgomerie had a 62, the best round of the week, and Pate shot a 66.

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